New President says the digital economy will spearhead the drive for more jobs

Gerry Kindlon
Gerry Kindlon

Gerry Kindlon becomes 72nd President of the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce today at the Chamber’s AGM. He takes over from Philip Gilliland.

Gerry is Executive Director at Seagate. He has served the Chamber for several years as a member of its board.

The message of the incoming President for his 18 month period is his encouragement of local businesses to address the workplace revolution that has already started.

Gerry Kindlon said: “Over the next 18 months as President of the Chamber I will focus on the ‘Future of Work’. I don’t believe that there is sufficient awareness of how work is changing – and therefore far too many employers, employees, teachers, students and school pupils are not sufficiently prepared for the future of work.

“The top jobs most in demand in 2013 didn’t even exist in 2004. We have entered the era of Big Data - the amount of information available will grow tenfold between now and 2020.

“Despite the currently high unemployment rates, the number of digital economy jobs in the European Union is growing by 100,000 per annum. The Republic has 4,500 vacancies.

“We are educating students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented to solve problems that we don’t even know about yet.

“The Derry business community – and the student community - needs to understand this dynamic because the region already has an infrastructure deficit. We shouldn’t forget about that deficit in the next 18 months and we will continue to demand the expansion of our university and improvements to our roads and airport,” said the incoming Chamber president.